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I would like to lock an important Document in Google Drive, so that modification I made in fly-by-mistakes don't get saved. I am the owner of the document.

Is this possible? Or is there a feature request for it somewhere?

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If you are the owner, how would you lock yourself from the doc? –  Jacob Jan Tuinstra Jan 3 '13 at 11:44
How about exporting the document as a PDF, which you save to your Google Drive? –  Vidar S. Ramdal Jan 3 '13 at 13:03
@JacobJanTuinstra If I am the owner, a doc locked is a doc that I can not change until I unlock it with specific switch. –  OSryx Jan 3 '13 at 17:37
A simpler solution, to me, would be to make a copy of the document. Edit one document. Only copy it to the other document when desired. Do you regularly turn off the auto-save feature of other office software? –  Al E. Jan 4 '13 at 1:45

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Publishing is one way to prevent unwanted changes. The other way (if this is a Document) is to open it in View mode.

For example, when you open a document you should see the edit mode:


If you enter the URL with view at the end then it will open for you in View-only:


It's not an elegant solution, but I thought I'd leave it here.

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good to know! (y) –  OrangeBox Jan 4 '13 at 5:00
is there a way to always open it in View Mode or Edit Mode via a button or Menu item ? –  OSryx Jan 4 '13 at 11:14
Unfortunately no, the link always opens based on the permissions set in the doc. Since you're the owner, it will always default to "edit" –  OnenOnlyWalter Jan 4 '13 at 17:59
This doesn't work for me. If I change the URL to view, I can still edit. –  sixtyfootersdude May 12 at 19:13

You can use this solution : http://webapps.stackexchange.com/a/37095/29140.

De-select the automatic re-publish option:
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Now every time you can check and dubble check before publishing.

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it is a google document not google sheet. –  OSryx Jan 3 '13 at 15:40
The same is applicable to docs !! –  Jacob Jan Tuinstra Jan 3 '13 at 15:49

This is now offered as an option in Google Docs:

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(sorry about all of the blanked out personal info - ugly).

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Hhhhh personal is personal. –  OSryx May 12 at 20:42

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